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Old 07-15-2016, 07:21 PM   #1
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Yet Another Flexible Solar Install

Nearly complete with the install of three 135 watt flexible solar panels (and a fourth in waiting). Writeup on my blog at https://tinyshinyhouseonwheels.com/s...-installation/
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Nearly complete with the install of three 135 watt flexible solar panels (and a fourth in waiting). Writeup on my blog at https://tinyshinyhouseonwheels.com/s...-installation/
Why those and not 100w units?
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Why those and not 100w units?
I could easily fit three of them (405W) in areas with minimal shading whereas I couldn't fit four of the 100W panels without one of them having a good chance of high shading from the AC unit. I also wanted higher voltage to reduce the voltage loss across the wires.
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I could easily fit three of them (405W) in areas with minimal shading whereas I couldn't fit four of the 100W panels without one of them having a good chance of high shading from the AC unit. I also wanted higher voltage to reduce the voltage loss across the wires.
Yea I figured that, about the voltage after the fact. I actually ordered 3 of the same units for myself.. attempting installation this weekend.
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mixedpuppy,

I believe you'll be pleased with the flexible panels. I installed 5-120 watt panels purchased from Discount Solar about 2 years ago and have been very pleased with their performance. In my case, I installed a MidNite Solar MPPT controller, two Lifeline GPL-6CT AGM 6 volt batteries (300 amp hr.) and a 1000 watt sine wave inverter.

I know flexible panels have received some bad press, but mine are holding up well so far (fingers still crossed).

I like that you're using lithium batteries and in 10 years when my Lifelines go bad I'm sure I'll upgrade to lithium!

Great job!
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Any updates on the flexible panels ?
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Any updates on the flexible panels ?
Welcome to the forum fireu6169!


This is a three year old thread you've revived. But flexible panels remain a viable option, though the general consensus remains that they are not as durable as the glass panels.
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Avoid them. They do not last.
Renogy panels are a great option.
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This is a three year old thread you've revived. But flexible panels remain a viable option, though the general consensus remains that they are not as durable as the glass panels.
The flexible panels are garbage. They will produce good power for 2 to 4 years. I have installed them on a couple RV's over the years that I have owned. The output from year three on decreases. Not making that mistake ever again. Just my 2 cents.
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Renogy makes a quality flexible panel. But, many things can affect be life span.
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